Letting the REAL Doctor Stick It In

The following is a story with a moral at its end.. and a laugh or two in between. The setting.. an inpatient unit in the Bronx, circa 2005.  I was a resident (and hence likely disheveled, or groggy, or exhibiting some other form of outward display of exhaustion) of the internal medicine program at Albert Einstein University […]

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Malpractice Makes Perfect: Questions Answered

Court- a decision not to go to court after a medical malpratice case

I was asked for an update on my story Malpractice Makes Perfect, where I went into some of the details surrounding my run-in with malpractice, being on the receiving end of a medical error. I shared my story, also published on the syndicated website KevinMD.com on March 31, 2017, for several reasons. One- I wanted to humanize […]

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Malpractice Makes Perfect

beautiful pregnancy photo, bringing up the story of how I experienced malpractice, not only as a patient, but also myself as a physician, and what it was I needed.

I’m not here to tattle. No siree, Bob. I’ll save that for my kids. But what I am here to do is spell out a story in which I ended up down in the dumps. What Happened, Dr. Corriel? A medical mistake happened. To me. On me. I’ll never forget it. I can’t because I carry […]

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Doctor. Patient. Whose Side Are You On?

Patient Perspective. A patient walks in for his appointment, excited to have finally made it to the doctor. Pushing himself to be seen (after incessant nagging from a parent or a spouse), he finally makes the appointment, and several weeks in advance, to boot. He’s finally here. He’s made it despite all of the excuses in the book. It’s […]

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So Much More Than Meets The Eye

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An Exchange to Remember I had a powerful exchange with a patient at the clinic, who came in to be cleared for surgery. He was going in for a procedure, getting his graft replaced for hemodialysis, and needed an internist to give the ‘ok’. The visit may have begun as routine, but ended as anything […]

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The Elephant in the Room

An experience involving an elephant and a tween took place at the sleep-away camp where I worked this summer. Except that it wasn’t a real elephant, of course. It was an elephant in the room. My story begins with a simple observation I made while working as camp doctor at the sleep-away this past summer. Here’s […]

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Have You Hugged A Doctor Today?

Research seems to cover every random topic these days. They even study hugs! Studies Show Findings prove that hugs work to elevate both mood and physical health, even when it comes from the arms of a professional in an office, clad in white coat (aka me!). There is so much personal touch to a hug, so much it conveys. […]

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Your Body is a Wonderland

a vintage image of four men, and a woman, sitting around a cadaver, dissecting it, in black and white.

I remember working on cadavers in my own anatomy class, back in the first year of medical school. It was in the basement of the building, locked tightly away. The students would huddle around an exam table, and look on, amazed gazes fixed on their faces, eyes as wide as can be. There would be buzzing […]

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

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What is a PCP? A primary care doctor, like me, is someone who trains in the entire adult body, and helps in diagnosing and treating medical conditions, as well as referring out to specialists, when needed. But have you ever considered the seemingly endless possibilities that exist in a day in the life of a primary […]

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Over-The-Counter Antibiotics

A black and white image of a drawn stick figure pharmacist, standing behind a counter made of pills, pointing to shelves of jars, with a smile on his face.

I have a proposal to make: over-the-counter antibiotics.  (insert tongue-in-cheek here) Will this help us deal with the falsely popular notion that antibiotics are a cure-all? I don’t know, but here’s something I do. My Experience in Saying No I’ve had patients storm out because I’ve said no, and I take the chance of a […]

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Plan Your Next Medicine-Toss

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First, a quick definition. What Is A Polypharmacy? pol·y·phar·ma·cy ˌpälēˈfärməsē/ noun the simultaneous use of multiple drugs to treat a single ailment or condition. Are You Taking Part in a polypharmacy? If so, then listen up. There are, indeed, many patients out there, who can be classified under this term. Is it completely necessary? Or is it […]

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